On Tuesday evening, a wild boar appeared in a quiet neighborhood in Fuqing, Fujian Province.
The local police police received a distress call at 20:59 and dispatched three officers to deal with the black boar that had reportedly charged past the security booth of the Xianghui Gardens residential compound on Yinxi Road.
When the boar rushed back toward the compound's main gate, one of the officers then drew his pistol and opened fire on the animal — a move that in and of itself might be regarded as overkill, but which was made all the more tragic by the fact that he missed.
Instead, the bullet ricocheted and hit 26-year-old Xianghui Gardens resident Wang Tingting, piercing her right lung.
Police took Wang to the hospital after they heard her howls of pain and there she remains, now reportedly in stable condition. Thankfully, the stray bullet did not hit an artery.
For future reference, though, might want to be a bit less trigger-happy next time you get called in to deal with a potentially dangerous but likely confused, desperate and terrified wild animal.